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VCF® Vaginal Contraceptive Film®

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VCF Vaginal Contraceptive Film is a soft square of soluble film that’s designed to dissolve with your body’s natural moisture.

Once VCF dissolves, it creates a barrier of gel that coats the cervix. VCF contains a highly effective spermicide that kills sperm on contact for up to 3 hours.

Insertion is easy, and after it dissolves, it becomes unnoticeable by either partner, allowing for comfortable lovemaking.

 

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How Does VCF Vaginal Contraceptive Film Work?

When inserted into the vagina, the contraceptive film forms a barrier against the cervix that contains spermicide. As a result, it helps prevent pregnancy by killing sperm on contact, when the directions are followed, and the Film is used correctly.

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How Effective Is VCF Vaginal Contraceptive Film?

When used correctly and by itself, VCF Vaginal Contraceptive Film is up to 94% effective. If you use the film with another contraceptive method at the same time, such as a condom, it is up to 99% effective. We do not recommend that you use two films at the same time, or use another contraceptive that contains spermicide.

How Do You Use VCF Vaginal Contraceptive Film?

Directions for Use

  1. Wash your hands before using VCF Vaginal Contraceptive Film. Make sure that your hands are completely dry.
  2. Remove the film from the packaging and fold it in half to make it smaller.  
  3. Insert the film into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go. Insertion is accomplished easily when in a sitting position or while lying on your back with the knees bent.
  4.  Wait 15 minutes prior to sex for the film to completely dissolve.
  5. Leave it in place, and the film will dissolve into a gel.
  6. Discard the wrapper. Do not flush it down the toilet.

How Do You Use VCF Vaginal Contraceptive Film?

Directions for Use

Step 1

1. Remove the square of pre-folded film from the conveniently sealed pouch

2. Fold VCF between your fingertips

3. The correct place for VCF is deep in the vagina on the cervix. Make sure you can locate the cervix.

VCF® will not run, become messy, or stain. VCF is so discreet that is washes away with your natural bodily fluids.

How effective is VCF contraceptive film?

VCF is 94% effective when used properly. Proper use is as follows: Remove the pre-folded film from the sealed pouch. Place it on the tip of your clean, dry second or third finger. Insert the film quickly as high as you can comfortably go. Allow 15 minutes to dissolve. It will be effective for up to 3 hours, or for each act of intercourse. Use a new film for each act of intercourse, again, waiting 15 minutes to dissolve.

Can I use it after intercourse and have it still be effective?

No, a new applicator/dose must be used with each act of intercourse.

Is it safe for breastfeeding mothers?

Yes VCF is non-hormonal and safe for breastfeeding mothers.

Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to VCF?

If this occurs, we recommend you discontinue use and drink plenty of fluids. Symptoms should subside within 24 to 48 hours. However, if symptoms persist we recommend you see your physician to determine the exact cause of the irritation.

Is it harmful if ingested?

Nonoxynol-9 is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic and the other ingredients are commonly found in many personal care products. No reports or studies have been done to date. Nonoxynol-9 has been the subject of many studies and tests, and is a FDA approved spermicide. As per poison Control, N-9 contains anti-ionic detergents and soaps. If you experience discomfort, increase fluids. It is also possible to experience some numbness or tingling on the tongue or lips if accidentally ingested, but this is not harmful and these symptoms will subside rather quickly. Film – Ingredients are non-toxic and not carcinogenic. Once VCF is in place at the cervix, it does not run. Glycerin is found in many prepared foods.

Does VCF protect against STIs such as HIV?

No VCF does not protect against HIV or STDs. It is strongly suggested that you contact your health professional for the best method of STD prevention and HIV protection. Studies have raised concerns that products containing the spermicide nonoxynol-9 can irritate the vagina and rectum, which may increase the risk of getting HIV/AIDS from an infected partner. Therefore, we recommend using a latex condom without nonoxynol-9 if you or your partner have HIV/AIDS, multiple sex partners or HIV risk factors.

Should I be using more than one method of birth control?

You can use two methods of birth control at the same time. Using both will not give you 100% protection, but could give added protection if one method fails. Remember that since no method is 100% effective, there is no 100% guarantee, using more than one form of birth control will not necessarily give you 100% protection against pregnancy as no one method by itself is 100% effective. Do not use 2 or more films at a time or use 2 nonoxynol-9 products at a time. VCF film is 94% effective in preventing pregnancy when inserted properly. The use of a condom would give you protection against sexually transmitted diseases. The use of other forms of birth control would give you added protection against pregnancy.

Proper use and how do I use it?

VCF is 94% effective when used properly. Proper use is as follows: Remove the pre-folded film from the sealed pouch. Place it on the tip of your clean, dry second or third finger. Insert the film quickly and as high as you can comfortably go. Allow 15 minutes to dissolve. It will be effective for up to 3 hours, or for each act of intercourse. If you follow these instructions, you will have inserted the film properly.

The film sticks to my finger.

First, make sure your fingers are dry. Use a quick motion to insert the film, and you may fold the film an additional time, if you prefer to make the film smaller.

Is the film in the correct place?

Yes, we realize some consumers may have the concern that the film is not being placed in the exact location upon insertion. However, rest assured that if you are properly following the directions included with the product, it is designed to be effective. Once the film is inserted, it begins to dissolve and form a protective gel at the entrance to the cervix. However, a perfect seal at this entrance is not of the utmost importance. The film is designed to dissolve and release enough spermicide so that its overall presence in the vaginal area will be sufficiently effective in killing any sperm introduced as a result of one act of intercourse. So in essence the film is not designed merely to form a barrier, but also to kill sperm.

Can I have oral sex while using the product?

Yes, the ingredients in VCF are non-toxic.

Is it is safe to use lubricants with VCF and in conjunction with other forms of birth control for added protection against pregnancy?

A lubricant may be used with the contraceptive film, but we strongly recommend that you insert the film first and wait the 15-minutes for it to dissolve; then utilize a lubricant.

Can I use 2 films/products at the same time?

We do not advise to do this. Also, do not use 2 nonoxynol-9 based products at the same time.

Can I go in a pool or a hot tub?

We do not recommend inserting the film and then entering a pool or hot tub as this may cause the spermicide to be washed out of the body prematurely and consequently lessen or even totally eliminate its effectiveness.

How effective is VCF contraceptive film?

VCF is 94% effective when used properly. Proper use is as follows: Remove the pre-folded film from the sealed pouch. Place it on the tip of your clean, dry second or third finger. Insert the film quickly as high as you can comfortably go. Allow 15 minutes to dissolve. It will be effective for up to 3 hours, or for each act of intercourse. Use a new film for each act of intercourse, again, waiting 15 minutes to dissolve.

Nonoxynol-9 – Is the active ingredient that acts as a spermicide. How much N-9 is in the product?

Film – 28% Nonoxynol-9, this translates to roughly 72 milligrams per film.

How long does it last?

Film – Once inserted, the film will be effective for up to 3 hours and for one act of intercourse. If more than one act occurs within the 3-hour period after insertion of the first film, a new film should be inserted prior to the second act (once again to ensure that enough spermicide is present to effectively kill off the additional amount of sperm). Film – Active: Nonoxynol-9, with Inactive: Polyvinyl alcohol, water, glycerin (vegetable/kosher) Film – Can be found on IFC and individual pouch

Can I get my money back?

We stand behind all of our products and offer a money back guarantee. (Get customer information, receipt, UPC code, etc.)

Irritation

Please refer to the directional insert that was packaged inside the product box. There are a very small number of people who are sensitive to the spermicide nonoxynol-9, which is the active ingredient in VCF film and foam. You should consult your physician if persistent irritation occurs to determine the cause of the irritation.

Yeast Infection

Although VCF cannot directly cause a yeast infection, its presence can affect the delicate microbiological balance of the vagina. Drink plenty of fluids and symptoms should disappear within 24 – 48 hours. If symptoms persist, please consult your physician to determine the exact cause of the irritation.

Where can I purchase Puralin products?

Puralin products can be purchased online at www.apothecus.com or by calling the toll free number at 1-800-879-2393 (9-5 pm EST)

Film - How does it work?

The film dissolves to form a protective gel at the entrance to the cervix. It also contains a powerful spermicide. The presence of this spermicide in the uterine cavity will create an environment designed to kill sperm upon contact.

Film - I didn’t wait the 15 minutes after insertion.

Since you didn’t wait 15 minutes it is difficult to say whether or not it dissolved properly. Chances are it dissolved somewhat and released some nonoxynol-9 to kill off some sperm, if not all. In the future remember that once you insert the film and wait 15 minutes for it to dissolve it can be 94% effective in the prevention of pregnancy for up to 3 hours. So, you don’t need to wait until just before you are ready to have intercourse to insert the film. You do need to give it 15 minutes to dissolve. Also, remember that you need to insert a new film for each act of intercourse. Taking into consideration a number of variables (such as individual body temperatures and moisture levels) we have determined that for the majority of people 15 minutes is enough time for the VCF film to sufficiently dissolve after it has been inserted. Some people may need the full 15 minutes for it to dissolve, others may only require a few minutes. But the film must dissolve in order to release the spermicide nonoxynol-9, which is the active ingredient that kills sperm

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